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Cultivating Health: Los Angeles Women and Public Health Reform (Critical Issues in Health and Medicine)by Jennifer Lisa Koslow
Synopses & Reviews
"A fine book that will add to our understanding of the development of health care in this country and the role of women at this critical time in history."
Bulletin of the History of Medicine"Jennifer Koslow expands our understanding of Progressive-era urban health reform in a careful and insightful narrative of female-led campaigns in Los Angeles, a multicultural city not always included in our narratives of the period. This is a story of state-making on the local level that is consistently interesting and well-written as well as a fresh model of public health reform in one city that should spur historians to look into these issues in other cities."
Ruth Crocker, professor of history and director of the Women's Studies Program, Auburn University"This complex study is one of the very best we have of Progressive Era public health. With genuine sensitivity, Jennifer Koslow helps us
understand the deeply human motivations and consequences of the reform impulse."
Robert D. Johnston, author of The Radical Middle Class: Populist Democracy and the Question of Capitalism in Progressive Era Portland, Oregon
Book News Annotation:
Koslow (history, Florida State U.) provides a study of the impact of women on remaking health policy in Progressive-era Los Angeles, and how they laid the groundwork for the state to realize its responsibility for protecting and promoting the public's health. Focusing on five areas important at the turn of the twentieth century, she discusses how women implemented health care reform and civic programs in community nursing, housing reform, milk sanitation, childbirth, and the campaign against venereal disease, also within the context of the city's multicultural nature. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
At the dawn of the Progressive Era, when America was experiencing an industrial boom, many working families often ate contaminated food, lived in decaying urban tenements, and had little access to medical care. In a city that demanded change, Los Angeles women, rather than city officials, championed the call to action.
Cultivating Health, an interdisciplinary chronicle, details women's impact on remaking health policy, despite the absence of government support. Combining primary source and municipal archival research with comfortable prose, Jennifer Lisa Koslow explores community nursing, housing reform, milk sanitation, childbirth, and the campaign against venereal disease in late nineteenth and early twentieth century Los Angeles. She demonstrates how women implemented health care reform and civic programs while laying the groundwork for a successful transition of responsibility back to government.
Koslow highlights women's home health care and urban policy-changing accomplishments and pays tribute to what would become the model for similar service-based systems in other American centers.
About the Author
Jennifer Lisa Koslow is an assistant professor of history and director of the Historical Administration and Public History Program at Florida State University.
Table of Contents
Paid for by the Public Purse
Public Authority for a Private Program
Bovines, Babies, and Bacteriology
Delivering the City's Children
The Challenge of Constructing Venereal Disease Programs
List of Abbreviations
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